i'm new here so i thought i'd introduce myself & after that, nag you w/ a couple questions if that's OK..
i'm from Portugal, 53 years old & my name is Nuno
i'm an artist/designer/silversmith, an avid motorcyclist & can't imagine life without music !!
fortunately am going through some sort of "mid-life crisis" which, among other VERY good things, has brought me back to off-road motorcycling every chance i get AND play the bass after stopping it 20 years ago !..
30 years ago i used to play in a small time but fun band which made up through enthusiasm/contagious live energy what we lacked in musical ability ( these 2 got more airplay so, if curious check us here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8E4iPgfmQI
& have a laugh..) & did so w/ a US made 1978 Fender Precision ( nice bass, sound, weighed a TON..) through a Seymour Duncan 4000 Bass amp + 2 X 15'' cab
always had this frustration of knowing i'd never play as "nice" as my favourite bass players, the list being SOO big i'll spare you but trust me when i say all the usual suspects are a part of it...Pastorius, S.Clarke, Hellborg, S.Thunes to name but a few
so, when the band split, amicably enough to avoid jail time, if only just !...LOL... & since there were none of the toys available today to make bass playing alone at home bearable, i sold my bass to a friend & gave him my amp & cab since i thought the rig was too nice to just park it & let it die under a ton of dust, someone might as well enjoy it, you know ?...that was 20 years ago
recently when out on the hills behind my house on my motorcycle, i stumbled on this group of riders, we got talking & guess what ? yup, some get together a couple of times a week to play & i was invited to drop by...
next thing i know, bitten by the bug again, i got a surprisingly nice Cort Action4 just to give it a go...
dusted off my old Peavey Combo300, plugged it in & BOOOM !! back into full "terrorise the neighbours" mode !!...LOL...
luckily since i work at home & they all go away for the day, i can make all the noise i want until at least 6.30PM - YES !!
thanks to this new found joy of playing, YouTube bass lessons, my Mac/GarageBand & my Zoom B3 looping feature, i've got my truly half assed chops back, actually bettered them SLIGHTLY through sheer stubbornness & am having a ball...
problem is, having tried a friend's 5 string ESP LTD i was left with this "i want a 5 string" urge - i LOVED that fat, thunderous B string !! oh man, does this constant need for new toys ever go away ? i sure hope NOT !
not having a big budget & based on how REALLY nice my bargain basement Cort feels AND plays, i thought i'd go for an equally unassuming instrument, of best quality construction possible even if at a later date i would upgrade it's electronics ?
after browsing around for a while i came up with these models :
a Peavey Grind NTB 5 for 245
a Peavey Millenium AC BXP for 340
a Peavey Cirrus 5 BXP QuiltTop TigerEye or Bubinga for 450 ( a bit pushing it $$ but doable if REALLY better..)
a Cort Arona 5 OPBB for 460 ( same as above..)
all brand new & browsing the used market didn't bring anything worthwhile up, except if i had more $$ available
this list seems to indicate a preference for either Peavey or Cort, instead it reflects the fact that :
1 - music stores here usually operate along the ''order it, pay for it &..be stuck with it if you don't like it" concept..
the limited stock they carry revolves around Yamaha's & Ibanez's cheaper models which after trying, didn't really tickle my fancy ( no offence meant but words such as brash sounding, noisy & flimsy come to mind..)
2 - how incredibly NICE & decent my Cort sounds/feels - specially considering it was almost free..
3 - the fact that i remember playing a Peavy Dyna bass YEARS ago which compared VERY nicely to my Fender & how Peavey basses consistently get complimented build quality wise
4 - Cort & Peavey DO have a decent after sales service here & last but NOT least - yes, my budget sucks - BIG TIME !! :-b
as nice as the cool, very good looking exotic woods are, ultimately i care more for how the instrument feels in one's hands & then how it sounds even if it looks like a plank - i've KNOW that if an instrument doesn't feel nice, one doesn't get as enticed to pick it up, it's sound being always possible to mould/polish to some extent via the EQ or effects, etc..
oh boy, choices choices - any suggestions ? any help WILL be VERY appreciated
thanks to all for your patience, sorry for such a long post, greetings &....happy thumping ? ;-)